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Review of the Samsung Gravity2 QWERTY phone for T-Mobile

Review by Ricky Cadden on Monday October 12, 2009.

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The Samsung SGH-T469 Gravity2 from T-Mobile, at first glance, is a normal candybar cellphone, clad in a graphite and orange color scheme, with a standard numeric keypad and modest display. However, this slender phone slides open to reveal a roomy QWERTY keyboard, prime for messaging addicts and email fiends alike. Ricky puts the SGH-T469 Gravity2 through his usual tests to see if the phone's messaging aspirations are in the clouds, or well-grounded.

Physical Aspects

The Samsung SGH-T469 Gravity2 greets you with the face of a standard candybar cellphone, with a modest 2.4-inch QVGA (240x320 pixel) resolution display atop a standard numeric keypad, but slides out to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The phone comes dressed for autumn in a graphite and orange color scheme and is deceptively thin, measuring only 114.3mm x 53mm x 15.2mm (4.5in x 2.1in x .6in). The Gravity2 also weighs a respectable 124.7g (4.4oz).

The Gravity2, like its predecessor, is built well, with solid plastic and a great in-hand feel. There are no inappropriate noises coming from the phone while in use, both with the slider open and closed. The slide mechanism that reveals the full QWERTY keyboard is quite slick, though unfortunately there is far too much wobble when the phone is closed. The slide is spring-assisted, so that it snaps into place in either direction. When in the open position, the display automatically rotates to landscape orientation, which is convenient.

The display is positioned just above the navigational cluster on the front of the phone, and is sufficiently bright and clear. The navigational cluster is dominated by three round buttons, with 4 smaller buttons positioned between. The Gravty2's circle buttons on either end are the end/send keys, while the center is the 5-way d-pad with a large round 'OK' button in the center. The ridge around the d-pad is raised, and it is extremely comfortable to use, with each direction clearly defined and responsive. The four smaller buttons, clockwise from top left, are the left softkey, right softkey, clear/backspace button, and a shortcut to the phone's built-in instant messaging application (though this shortcut can be changed by the user).

Below the navigational cluster on the front of the Samsung Gravity2 is the standard numeric keypad, with buttons shaped like large grains of rice, slightly raised. Each button is very responsive and separated from the next by roughly 2mm of space, which makes the keypad phenomenal for text messaging. The left edge of the Samsung SGH-T469 is where you will find the volume rocker, while the right edge houses the dedicated camera button and proprietary Samsung charging, data, and audio combination port.

When you slide the Samsung SGH-T469 Gravity2 open, you're greeted by the spacious QWERTY keyboard, with three rows of letters, a softkey on either side of the keyboard, and a row of shortcut buttons, including the space bar, along the bottom. There is also a set of 4 directional arrows embedded in this slide-out keyboard, so that you do not have to reach up to the d-pad on the front of the phone to navigate through the menus. The keyboard is a dark grey, with an orange font used for the primary labels and a white font used for the alternate labels on each button. As with the front keypad, the keys on the QWERTY keyboard are separated by roughly 2mm of space, so that you can type quickly without worry of accidentally pressing multiple buttons. After only an hour or so, I was comfortably typing away with good speed on the Gravity2's slide-out keyboard.

The SGH-T469 Gravity2's 2 megapixel camera is located on the back of the phone, along with the built-in loud speaker. The back cover of the phone slides off to provide access to the 1000mAh battery, as well as the SIM card slot and microSD card slot.

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James buettner @ 9:22:34PM EST on Friday November 20, 2009

Your review of this phone is very close. I have this phone and I am not impressed with it at all. The phone is not able to be set up in any configuration other than what the manufaturer feels is what everybody wants. ( wrong) I still haven't figured out how to turn off t9, If you can customize soft keys or even keep it from making calls all on it's own ( seems the key lock is too damn fickle). So in closing , If you like the phone- great. I just wish I didn't own this one.

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Ricky Cadden
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.

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